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Into the endgame of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore Marina Bay

November 29, 2011

With eight legs of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series complete, Oman Sail’s Extreme 40’s Oman Air and The Wave Muscat are getting ready to take to the water for the last time this year. The ninth and final event of the Series will be held in Marina Bay in Singapore from the 7th-11th December, and with the final now in sight and five teams in contention for a podium place, including The Wave, Muscat, the battle will be for sure extremely tense. The event in Singapore will also be added by Britain’s Chris Draper, double World Champion and Olympic Bronze medallist in the 49er class, to the team, who will be stepping into the role of Skipper on Oman Air.

2011 Extreme Sailing Series

2011 Extreme Sailing Series

This year’s Series, which kicked off in Muscat in February, has been incredibly hard-fought, and going into the final in Singapore, Oman Air is currently eighth overall. Their teammates, and reigning champions The Wave, Muscat, are fifth and within striking distance of the podium. The Italian team Luna Rossa lead the overall championship, with the French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild just one point adrift. The teams of Emirates Team New Zealand, Alinghi (SUI), and The Wave Muscat, all have a chance of making the 2011 podium.

The Wave Muscat’s Bowman, Khamis Al Anbouri, who made it into Oman’s history books when he won the 2010 Series onboard The Wave, Muscat making him the first Omani to stand on top of the podium at an international sailing event, spoke on the level of competition this year.  “I think the competition has been tougher then ever this year, but that is great for the sport. We have been sailing against Olympic medallists, and America’s Cup sailors such as Dean Barker, and a lot of the time we have been beating them! But you can’t take that for granted and can never expect to win. All the teams this year have been really impressive and I am sure they will come out fighting in Singapore.”

Oman Sail´s Extreme 40´s Oman Air and the Wave Muscat

Oman Sail´s Extreme 40´s Oman Air and the Wave Muscat

Oman Sail have also announced that British sailor Chris Draper will take over as helm on Oman Air for the final Act. Draper will be replacing triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, who has skippered Oman Air for the last three European legs of the Series, in a break from his 2012 Olympic preparations.

Draper reflected on the pressure of coming into the Series so late in the game. “It is going to be really hard coming in for the last event when all the teams are at the top of their game. On the plus side though we will head to Singapore with nothing to loose, and everything to gain and for certain there is plenty of fun exiting racing to be had.”

The Wave Muscat team

The Wave Muscat team

An Olympic Bronze medalist for Team GBR at Athens 2004, Draper is no stranger to Extreme 40 sailing. In 2008 he took the helm of Oman Sail’s Masirah, and after finishing fourth in his debut Series, went on to lead the team to victory in 2009, after winning four of the six events. Chris will be joining David ‘Freddie’ Carr, part of his 2009 Series winning team, as well as Australian tactician Kinley Fowler and Omani Bowman Nasser Al Mashari, and after two years away from the Extreme 40’s, is looking forward to mixing up the fleet for the final event.

For Nasser, who was part of the winning Oman Sail team in Singapore during the Extreme Sailing Series Asia 2009/10, returning to Singapore will be a proud moment. “Last time I sailed in Singapore I was a trainee and I will now return as full member of the team. I feel really proud to be sailing in Singapore again and I am excited to be sailing with Chris. I think it is going to be a really exciting last event!”

Oman and Singapore have strong historical maritime ties, and Omani’s were the first sailors to sail to the Far East over a thousand years ago, travelling the seas between Oman and China on the silk and spice routes.

In 2010 the Jewel of Muscat, a traditional Arabian sailing ship built to a ninth century design, was given as a gift to Singapore from the Sultanate of Oman. Sponsored by Oman Air, the ship is a symbol of the international friendship, trading and discovery Oman and Singapore have shared over the centuries. It set sail on the historical voyage across the Indian Ocean, following the ancient trade routes between Oman and Singapore. The ship is now permanently housed in the Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium in Singapore, the first and only museum to showcase the Asian maritime history.

Oman Sail have dominated the Extreme Series for the last two years, claiming victory in 2009 and 2010. Although it will be extremely difficult to lift the Series crown in Singapore, The Wave, Muscat’s Khamis Al Anbouri is confident they can claim a podium finish. “Our aim is to finish on the podium in Singapore. We have won two events this Series and we intend to try our hardest to make that three in Singapore and make everyone in Oman proud.”

Wally sailing yachts INDIO and KENORA at the 2011 Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Regatta

November 29, 2011

Two Wally sailing yachts INDIO and KENORA are en route from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Virgin Gorda participating at the 2011 Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Regatta. Wally 100ft Indio superyacht is competing for the lead among the six single-masted ‘sloops’ and has already done more than 1,700 miles at an average of more than 10 knots.

100ft sailing yacht INDIO by Wally Yachts

100ft sailing yacht INDIO by Wally Yachts

Super yacht Indio and the other Wally, 107ft Kenora superyacht, should complete this demanding 2,700 mile journey in around 10 days, depending on the conditions. Wally Yachts is the only manufacturer to have two yachts in the competition.

Wally sailing yacht Indio and Kenora both make extensive use of carbon fibre production materials and state-of-the-art technology to ensure fast and safe passage. Kenora yacht, built in 1998 also provides an excellent demonstration of the longevity of Wally’s pioneering carbon fibre hulls.

107ft sailing yacht KENORA by Wally Yachts

107ft sailing yacht KENORA by Wally Yachts

Indio and Kenora yachts will join the ranks of previous Wallys that have raced across the Atlantic, including Bagheera, which finished second by just 20 minutes in the 2009 ARC regatta, and Alexia, which finished third in the 2009 YCCS transatlantic event.

Speaking in Monaco, Paolo Massarini, Wally Racing Manager and coordinator of the FT Wally Grand Prix Series, said, “Wally makes the world’s most competitive racer-cruisers and our pioneering hull design and construction means that the yachts are both fast and robust – perfect for transatlantic competition. The crews on Indio and Kenora will be very familiar with their yachts having raced them throughout the summer in the FT Wally Grand Prix Series. They will know how to get the maximum from these fantastic machines and it will be fascinating to see just how quickly they make the crossing.”

2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships coming up in five days

November 29, 2011

The 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, held in five days´ time in Perth will welcome over 1,100 sailors from 78 nations in the ten Olympic events. The teams try to claim World Championship glory and qualify their nations for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

International competitors now training in Perth

International competitors now training in Perth

The Women’s Match Racing competition will kick the competition off on 3 December before the Men’s RS:X, Laser, Women’s 470 and 49er round off the competition on 18 December.

During the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup no Women’s Match Race crew stamped their authority on the opposition as six separate winners came out of the six World Cup regattas that featured Women’s Match Racing. Nonetheless, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) took the overall title after finishing on the podium at four World Cup regattas. In fact the American has finished on the podium at 11 of 13 regattas sailed in during 2011 and will be one of the front runners in Perth.

Tunnicliffe said, “We would love to come away with the gold medal. Our goal is to be on the podium in Perth. But what’s cool about match racing is that anybody who is sailing well that day can come out on top. Even if you’re top in the world and have a bad day you’re not going to make. We are looking forward to the intensity of the event and sailing against all the competitors.”

“I’ve sailed Lasers in Perth and absolutely love it. I love the wind, the temperature and they’re going to do a fantastic job.”

Finland’s Silja Lehtinen will be one to watch out for in Perth and proved she has what it takes to win major competitions following her gold medal at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test event, in August.

The ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship defending champion Lucy Macgregor (GBR) is back to defend the title she claimed at Newport, Rhode Island, USA last year. The World #3 comes into the regatta without the pressure of having to qualify Great Britain for the Olympic Games after she was awarded the quota place in September.

Twenty seven crews have been confirmed, and competition will be fast and fierce with nine of the top ten Women’s Match Racers registered. The final champion will be crowned on Friday 16 December.

The Laser Radial, Men’s 470, Women’s RS:X and Finn will be the first fleets to set sail on Monday 5 December with the Medal Races scheduled for 11 December.

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Evi Van Acker (BEL) have dominated the Laser Radial in recent months with the former comprehensively sealing gold at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta and moving to the World #1 spot. But with over 100 entries in the Laser Radial the opening stages will be crucial.

China’s Lijia Xu took the first ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta at Sail Melbourne in her preparations for Perth. The Chinese sailor and World #60 finished ahead of an experienced field that featured World #6 Krystal Weir (AUS), World #7 Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) and Annalise Murphy (IRL). All will sail in Perth to stake their claim for World Championship glory and an Olympic spot.

The Finn class have 77 expected entries from 33 nations, with the strongest and deepest fleet assembled in recent years. In all there are 22 former Olympians, four Olympic medallists and four former world champions.

During the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup the Finn was dominated by British sailors. At all seven regattas either Giles Scott, Ben Ainslie or Ed Wright topped the podium. In the end it was Ainslie who came out on top, claiming the title by nine points ahead of Wright.

The trio will all be in contention throughout the regatta however the likes of Zach Railey (USA), Rafa Trujillo (ESP), Dan Slater (NZL), Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Ivan Kjlakovic Gaspic (CRO) are all capable of causing an upset and will feature heavily during the regatta.

Sixty seven entries have been confirmed in the Women’s RS:X and 19 of the world’s top 20 will sail in Perth. Among the entries is 2010 Women’s RS:X World Champion, 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion and current World #1 Blanca Manchon (ESP), the experienced Jessica Crisp (AUS) and four time Olympic gold medallist Alessandra Sensini (ITA). Add in the on form Marina Alabau (ESP), Zofia Klepacka (POL) and Bryony Shaw (GBR) and the scene is set for a gripping competition.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) have prepared for Perth 2011 in fine fashion. The World #1 470 duo finished second at Sail Melbourne but at the 470 Australian Nationals in Perth they sent out a message to the strong field by blowing all the competition away to win by 17 points.

The Australians took the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup title ahead of Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) and Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos (FRA). The World #2 Greek pair will be worth a watch but the Australians main rivalry could come from the French pair. Leboucher and Garos have had the better of the Australians in 2011 finishing ahead of them in three World Cup regattas and winning the Olympic Test Event. Belcher and Page will want to stamp their authority on the chasing pack by taking the World Championship.

The Pendennis Cup 2012´s entries

November 28, 2011

The Pendennis Cup will come back to Cornwall with its 2012 edition, taking place from July 2-7. This very successful yacht regatta is organised by Pendennis Shipyard every two years, presenting a wide range of superyachts in the waters of Falmouth Bay attracted by four days of challenging racing.

55.5m sailing yacht Adela Credit Ian Badley

55.5m sailing yacht Adela - Credit Ian Badley

To date next year’s growing fleet includes 14 classic and modern sailing yachts totaling a remarkable 450m + in length overall. The largest yacht is a 62m sailing yacht Athos which will certainly be an exciting challenger to last year’s Cup winner 55.5m super yacht Adela, restored by Pendennis in 1995 and a regular visitor to the yard.

Other yachts confirmed are Altair, Eleonora, Gaia, Mariette, Mariquita (one of the oldest participants built in 1911), Windrose, Breakaway, Bare Necessities, Tomahawk, Mikado, Zarik and Velacarina. Next year Pendennis Cup is also looking forward to welcoming more modern yachts from the Dubois fleet, an opportunity presented by their sponsorship of the 2012 event.

Pendennis Super Yacht Mariette

Pendennis Super Yacht Mariette

The racing will organised by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, with the daily battles taking place against the beautiful backdrop of the coastline surrounding the area running from Gull Rock situated off the Roseland Peninsula in the North to the Manacles which are located by the Lizard Peninsula further south. The entrance to the harbour overlooked by the castles of Pendennis and St Mawes will provide a striking finish line for each race.

The competitors are always excited about the more challenging conditions that UK waters offer compared to the relatively tame weather experienced in the Mediterranean, offering an opportunity to test the yachts and crews to the full extent of their capabilities, and providing a remarkable spectacle in Cornish waters.

Pendennis sailing yacht Mariette - Credit Ian Badley

Pendennis sailing yacht Mariette - Credit Ian Badley

Greg Perkins, Captain of the super yacht Adela, is looking forward to the racing in 2012: “Compared to other regattas we have competed in the racing is good as generally there is plenty of wind and the tidal waters make it tactically challenging. The shore side is great fun, with plenty of social events making for an exciting atmosphere.”

The yachts will be moored at Port Pendennis Marina throughout the week and easily seen from the town’s main Events Square or the viewing gallery at The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth. A race office situated in Events Square will provide the public with an overview of the participating yachts, a daily update on the performance of the yachts and the race conditions as well as screening footage from the previous days’ racing. The yacht regatta will be complemented by a series of shore-side events for guests and crew, culminating in an awards ceremony to be held in the grounds of Pendennis Castle, a fittingly dramatic backdrop to a spectacular week of racing.

Altair Mariette Superyacht in 2008

Altair Mariette Superyacht in 2008

Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup head by the 67m Super Yacht Hetairos

November 25, 2011

67m sailing yacht Hetairos (ex Project Panamax), built by Baltic Yachts and launched in July is at the front of the 4th Superyacht Regatta – Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup, which started from Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Monday, November 21. Hetairos superyacht was co-designed by Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects and Reichel Pugh Yacht Design.

67m sailing yacht Hetairos (ex Project Panamax)

67m sailing yacht Hetairos (ex Project Panamax)

Baltic super yacht Hetairos had already sailed 1096 miles by the 09:43am Thursday morning update, opening up a lead of 235 miles in less than three days on the chasing fleet led by Peter Harrison’s 35m Farr-designed sailing yacht Sojana.

This year´s transatlantic event is hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association. YCCS is currently finishing its new Clubhouse in Virgin Gorda, set to complement the Club´s existing superyacht marina on the island.

4th Superyacht Regatta - Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

4th Superyacht Regatta - Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

Racing started on Monday in 10 to 12 knots of north north-easterly breeze and only the Wally 107 sailing yacht Kenora prefered to head south of the Island of Tenerife while the remainder of the fleet left the island to port.

The second largest yacht in the fleet, the Dubois designed 50m yacht Zefira, is in fifth place 482 miles behind Hetairos superyacht. The remainder of the fleet consists of two Wally yachts (30.55m Indio and 30.44m Kenora), two Swan yachts (the Swan 80 Emma and the Swan 82 Grey Goose of RORC); the Farr 35m sailing yacht Sojana and the 20.07m X-Yachts Karuba 5.

The start of the race from Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The start of the race from Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous is held at the YCCS clubhouse and marina in Virgin Gorda from the 16-20th March 2012.

2011 Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore

November 24, 2011

Singapore will present the ninth and final Act of the global 2011 Extreme Sailing Series™ on the waters of Marina Bay in Singapore between the 7th – 11th December (the 9th-11th constituting the public days of the event with the Extreme Race Village open to the public). This dynamic and fast paced stadium sailing event for spectators will consist of ten Extreme 40 teams who have been battling it out throughout 2011 to be recognized as the Extreme Sailing Series™ overall champions.

Extreme Sailing Series 2011 heads to Singapore for last Act on Marina Bay waters

Extreme Sailing Series 2011 heads to Singapore for last Act on Marina Bay waters

The Extreme Sailing Series™ is a unique and high integrity sporting concept, pitting some of the very best professional sailing teams in the world against each other on identical Extreme 40 catamaran yachts, on challenging, tactical courses, close to shore to provide spectacular, stadium-style racing for the public. The award-winning circuit started in February visiting Muscat (Oman), Qingdao (China), Istanbul (Turkey), Boston (USA), Cowes (UK), Trapani (Italy), Nice (France), Almeria (Spain) and, finally, Singapore this December.

Singapore’s iconic Flyer will provide a stunning backdrop to what will be a dramatic end to the season following the penultimate Act in Almería, Spain which was won by the Swiss team, Alinghi, who are now currently in 4th place on 59 points. Luna Rossa’s second place in Spain elevated the Italian team to the top of the 2011 overall rankings, just a single point ahead of the all-French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. These two teams will be fighting for overall victory and behind them, six teams will be locked in a close battle to claim third place on the podium.

2011 Extreme Sailing Series

2011 Extreme Sailing Series

The Extreme 40 fleet will be boosted by two further entries from France and Switzerland alongside the regular teams of Luna Rossa, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Emirates Team New Zealand, Alinghi, The Wave Muscat, Red Bull Extreme Sailing, Oman Air and Team GAC Pindar. A new team supported by Stéphane Kandler, SOITEC and the first club™, named Team Extreme – the first club™, comes with a strong French crew line-up and in addition, the Swiss team headed up by Alex Schneiter, Team TILT, will compete in Singapore after their debut at Act 8 in Almería.

Having such a strong calibre of international sailors in one series competing against each other is rare, however in December, Singapore will be witness to this wealth of experience and skill with sailors including the revered America’s Cup skipper, Dean Barker, world champions Glenn Ashby and Tanguy Cariou, Olympic medalists Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher and Chris Draper, and match racing champions Ian Williams and Sébastien Col.

The on-the-water action will be complimented by bespoke VIP corporate hospitality whilst attracting international media attention including a TV-series distributed in over 100 countries. The Extreme Sailing Series™ has been granted “Special Event Status” by ISAF, the sport’s governing body, and is a strong supporter of promoting sailing in new markets and to new audiences. This series sets itself apart from other sailing events by providing entertainment and drama directly in front of the spectators, racing within metres of the shore, in an easy to understand format with short races (approx 10-15 mins). Spectators are also in for a treat at the Extreme Race Village, which opens from 9th – 11th December, the Extreme Race Village will provide all-day entertainment for spectators with activities for kids, including arts and crafts stalls, live race commentary, music entertainment, food and beverage stalls and exciting on-water activities such as the NeilPryde Racing Series which will see 20 of the best professional and amateur windsurfers, coming from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia alongside exciting Moth demonstration sailing and young sailors racing Optimist dinghies.

Mark Turner, Executive Chairman of OC ThirdPole, the organisers of the event said, “After venturing to Singapore in 2009 for the Extreme Sailing Series Asia exhibition event, we decided Singapore had to be included as one of the strategically important venues for the new scaled up global 2011 series. We’re always trying to redefine the sport of sailing, pushing the boundaries and we believe Singapore has the same ethos pertaining to sport, so the fit is ideal. Stadium Sailing in Singapore will truly bring the sport to the people in this city with the world’s best sailors close enough to almost touch, and the entertainment package at the race village will provide something for everyone.”

The 2011 six-part series of Extreme Sailing Series will also be broadcasted on TV channels around the world.

175th Royal Southern Yacht Club confirms 2012 racing dates and presents high-profile National Championships

November 24, 2011

In an already high profile and packed sporting year for England, 2012 is also the year that the Royal Southern Yacht Club proudly achieves its 175th Anniversary year. The Club is therefore especially pleased to be presenting a comprehensive and exciting Racing Programme that includes a number of high profile National Championships and some ‘signature’ events to refresh the Anniversary, of which more details will be introduced at the beginning of the New Year.

Competing in the Royal Southern’s Summer Series. Photo Phil Riley

Competing in the Royal Southern’s Summer Series. Photo: Phil Riley

The ever-popular Summer Series Regattas are back in a format that allows for maximum racing on the water with minimal impact on other events taking place. In May, June, July and September, an entire weekend is dedicated to IRC, Sportsboat, One-design and White Sail/Club Class racing. Any class that can muster more than eight yachts will be given their own class start.

In addition, the Southern is very pleased to have been selected to manage National Championships for the J/80s, J/97s and J/109s. The Club will welcome back Jim Saltonstall for a Training Day, run Royal Southern Academy Match Cup Events, the X Yachts Solent Cup, J/111 Regatta, Foxers Regatta, the British 12Metre Open Championships, SB3 Racing; IRC Solent Series 2, SORC 175, Mini Tonner, SIRCON, X Boat, Quarter Tonner and Southern Six Racing, the J/109 Saturday Series, Hunter 707 Southern Championship, Women’s Open Keelboat Championships, and a Farr 45 Race Weekend.

A terrific event that is enjoyed both on and off the water is the J Cup. It returns to the Southern in 2012 and will also include the J/109 and J/97 UK National Championships.

The recently announced Biscay 2012 Offshore Race will start on the 16th September 2012. Inaugurated by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in celebration of its 175th Anniversary, the Biscay 2012 is a new open sailing race for monohull vessels and has as its Ambassador, yachtswoman Samantha Davies. A single race, run in three successive Legs, with points accrued towards an overall classification, Biscay 2012 covers approximately 950 nautical miles, starting and finishing in the Solent and visiting the French ports of La Rochelle and Brest.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club always scores highly with its members on its ability to lay on a really great social function and two dates for your 2012 diaries include the infamous Crew Balls on Saturday 26th May and Saturday 8th September, a perfect opportunity for crews to feast well and let their hair down!

2011 Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award

November 24, 2011

This year’s 80th Anniversary J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, presented and led by the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, Isle of Wight, was the largest ever to be staged with 1,908 yachts present. It was introduced in very difficult weather conditions that lead to a particularly high number of incidents on the water and the highest level of nominations ever for the Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award, now in its 4th year.

One of the joint Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award winners, Michael Hook. Photo Patrick Eden

One of the joint Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award winners, Michael Hook. Photo: Patrick Eden

The Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award recognises acts of good seamanship on Race day and is open to all those involved, whether competitors, spectators, members of the emergency services or race officers.

Among the many worthy nominations following the June 25th Race, were two extraordinarily strong nominations for skippers coming to the rescue of two separate ‘Man Overboard’ (MOB) incidents, both in big seas.

The joint winners of the Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award for 2011 and each also receiving a handsome Nautica watch, are Michael Hook, skipper on the Britannia Events chartered Flying Fish, GBR 9043T, for rescuing a man overboard from a Laser SB3, and Paul Harris, owner and skipper of Tan-It, a Sydney 36, for rescuing a man overboard from Jings!, a J133.

The Award’s judging panel comprising Gavin Crilly-McKean (Nautica Watches), Dave Atkinson (ISC Race Management) and Simon Boulding (Britannia Corporate Events) stated that the winners were selected because, “successful MOB recoveries in such unforgiving circumstances have to be exercised with a great deal of skill and without a moment’s hesitation or regard for the rescuer’s race results.”

Farr Yacht Designs to attend Volvo Open Race stopover in Cape Town

November 23, 2011

Russ Bowler, Vice President of Farr Yacht Design, will be present in Cape Town to assist the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing as they get ready for the second in-port race and Leg 2.

30m charter yacht LEOPARD 3 by Farr Yacht Design

30m charter yacht LEOPARD 3 by Farr Yacht Design

Farr Yacht Design will have designers at every stopover to assist in engineering any necessary repairs, reviewing performance information and assisting with strategic decisions.

80ft Caribbean sailing luxury charter yacht Matelot by Farr Yacht Design

80ft Caribbean sailing luxury charter yacht Matelot by Farr Yacht Design

Farr Yacht Design is renowned top racing-yacht design team founded by Bruce Farr and Russell Bowler. They are also leaders in developing fast, comfortable custom and production cruising yachts, featuring practical interior arrangements, smart sail plans and deck layouts, kind handling characteristics in all conditions, with safe, well engineered hulls and superior performance.

Here is a selection of the stunning Farr Yacht Design charter yachts.

Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta & Maxi Yacht Cup 2011 has started today

November 22, 2011

Today, at 1 p.m. (GMT) eight maxi super yachts taking part in the Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta – Transatlantic Maxi Yacht crossed the starting line off the Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This year’s event, which is in it’s fourth edition, was organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the International Maxi Association. The fleet of eight maxi yachts will sail approximately 2700 miles to reach the finish line in Virgin Gorda, where YCCS is currently close to a completion of its new Clubhouse, designed to complement the Club’s existing superyacht marina on the island. The yachts are believed to complete the Atlantic crossing in about 8 to 10 days, depending on the weather conditions.

Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta and Maxi Yacht Cup 2011

Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta and Maxi Yacht Cup 2011

Racing got underway today in 10 to 12 knots of north north-easterly breeze and only the Wally 107 Kenora yacht chose to head south of the Island of Tenerife while the remainder of the fleet left the island to port. The race start, set against the backdrop of the Santiago de Calatrava Auditorium and the island’s volcanic peak Pico de La Teide, was a sight to behold thanks to the dimensions of some of the competing vessels such as the 66 metre Hetairos and the 50 metre yacht Zefira, both recently launched. The remainder of the fleet is composed of two Wally yachts (Indio and Kenora ), two Swans (the Swan 80 Emma and the Swan 82 Grey Goose of Rorc); the Farr Sojana and the X-Yachts Karuba 5 .

“We are pleased that this regatta is bringing new life to the idea we had in 2007 when we chose Tenerife as the starting point of the first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup. The finish line has been moved from Sint Maarten to Virgin Gorda thanks to the collaboration with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which is inaugurating its new Clubhouse in the British Virgin Islands.” Commented Gianfranco Alberini, Secretary General of the International Maxi Association.

“Having eight such magnificent maxi and super yachts on the starting line for the first crossing from Tenerife to Virgin Gorda is fantastic,” underlined Edoardo Recchi, Sports Director of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. “Despite the difficult economic situation we have an exceptional fleet here, including the new Hetairos which is making its racing debut. We hope that our new Clubhouse and Marina in Virgin Gorda will fast become a reference point for maxi and super yachts in the Caribbean in the way that our base in Porto Cerva has been for many years.”

The Commodore of the Real Club Nautico de Tenerife, Don Eduardo Fernandez Quintana also emphasised how the image and the economy of Tenerife is linked to International yachting events.